§ 30. Mr. V. Yates
asked the Minister of Health what was the cause of the delay by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board in replying to his request, made over nine months ago, for further information concerning the proposed new out-patients' department at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham; whether he has yet made a further request for a reply; and when he expects to announce the authorisation of this urgently required new building.
§ Mr. R. Thompson
It has been necessary for the board to consider this scheme in relation to other hospital facilities in Birmingham, including two other major schemes under consideration: during this time its headquarters medical staff has been severely depleted. The Ministry's officers have been in touch with the Board on several occasions about this scheme. I cannot yet say when sketch plans will he approved.
§ Mr. Thompson
As I have said, there are good reasons for it. The Board's establishment of headquarters medical staff is five. From December, 1957, to June, 1958, there were only two. Another two took up their duties on 26th September and 1st October, respectively.